Longerenong Cropping Challenge

The management plan includes variety selection, sowing time, crop protection strategies and a crop nutrient plan as well as grain marketing plans.


Thirteen groups of local agronomists have been encouraged to develop crop management plans that are used as the basis of a "competition" to produce the highest grain yield and return. These plans are implemented in a field at Longerenong Agricultural College in small plots (2 m * 20 m) with four replications. Read more

Year of initiation:2009
Year of completion:2013


07 Feb 2014

Results from the 2013 Longerenong Cropping Trial
Barley yields and costs for 2013

12 Dec 2013

The Longerenong Wrap
3 years of cropping - what happened?

13 Feb 2013

Longerenong Cropping Challenge 2012
Summary of results for the 2012 Chickpea Challenge

13 Feb 2013

Longerenong Challenge Chickpea Agronomy Summary
2012 Chickpea Practices

24 Jan 2012

Longerenong Cropping Challenge Results 2011
Summary of the results from the 2011 Wheat Challenge.

01 Dec 2011

Climate change and wheat crop responses - FACEing the future
R Norton, G Fitzgerald and M Tausz

18 Oct 2011

Longerenong Wheat Challenge October 2011
Photos of the plots taken October 18, 2011

18 Oct 2011

Stripe Rust Responses
Images Taken October 18, 2011

31 Aug 2011

Longerenong Cropping Competition August 2011
Photos taken August 31 at the Cropping Comp Site

30 Aug 2011

2011 Trial Plans and Treatments

30 Aug 2011

Longerenong Wheat Challenge July 2011
Photos from the Longerenong Wheat Challenge taken July 2011.

25 Aug 2011

Longerenong Wheat Challenge June 2011
Crops as at June 20, 2011

29 Mar 2011

Longerenong Wheat Challenge 2011
Introduction to the 2011 Longerenong agronomy wheat challenge

04 Jan 2011

Longerenong Canola Challenge Results
Canola performs well in the 2010 Longerenong challenge.

16 Sep 2010

Canola Nutrient Inputs 2010
List of nutrients used on Longy Challenge.

13 Sep 2010

Longerenong Crop Update September 2010
Progress in canola at the Longy Canola Challenge

13 Sep 2010

Agronomy Details - Canola 2010
Variety selections and sowing rates.

23 Jul 2010

Longerenong Cropping Challenge Paddock 8

20 Jul 2010

Longerenong Crop Update - July 2010
Check out the site and various plots

14 May 2010

Prices for Canola
How to select and lock in Canola Price.

14 May 2010

May Canola Progress
Crop Sowing April 29.

18 Mar 2010

Longerenong Canola Challenge
Announcing the 2010 Longerenong Cropping Challenge - with canola as the test crop.

27 Jan 2010

Longerenong Cropping Challenge 2009
Details of costs, quality, prices and returns for the Longerenong Cropping Challenge.

Interpretive Summary

The Longerenong Cropping challenge gives local advisers the opportunity to put their agronomic skills on show by managing a crop within a three year cycle of canola, wheat and then chickpeas. The plots were all replicated and outcomes assessed annually on the basis of yield, quality and returns. Twelve groups participated in the challenge and while seasonal conditions - as always - varied from year to year, the average financial return for the challenge was AU$857/ha.

The Longerenong challenge gives local crop advisors the opportunity to put their agronomic skills on show by managing a crop within a three year cycle within a replicated experiment. Outcomes are assessed in terms of crop yield and gross margins. The plots were in canola in 2010, wheat in 2011, and chickpea in 2012. Despite a very dry season, chickpea crops yielded quite well with many above 2 t/ha, and the IPL team achieved the highest yield of 2.

Thirteen groups participated in this agronomy challenge, where advisors were asked to provide crop management plans for the production of a wheat crop on the same plots used for canola in 2010. The management plans allowed agronomists to select variety, sowing time, seeding rate, crop protection strategies and nutrient management plans, as well as marketing plans for the grain.

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Updates & Reports


2012 Chickpea phase


Project Description


Learning from Long-term Experiments - What Do They Teach Us? (Australia) Rob Norton, Roger Perris, and Roger Armstrong
Better Crops With Plant Food
2010-2, page #20

Project Leader

Rob Christie, Nuseed

Project Cooperators

Mark Slatter, Nurfarm
Steve Drum, Longerenong College
Peter Howie, The University of Melbourne

IPNI Staff

R. M. Norton


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